The issue of concussions and college football is not going away anytime soon and it seems a new front is being opened in the courts to that effect.
The Pennsylvania Record reports that a new lawsuit has been filed against the NCAA by former Army football player Charles Schretzman and his wife. The suit alleges the organization was negligent in not informing him of the potential dangers of head trauma, which later led him to developing Lou Gehrig’s disease three years ago.
“The NCAA’s breach of its duty to exercise reasonable care based on its knowledge and what it should have known caused Mr. Schretzman to subsequently develop many neurocognitive conditions and have to endure numerous neurological symptoms,” the suit states, according to the Record.
Schretzman was a linebacker at West Point in the late 1980’s and later retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army. He is reportedly seeking damages in the case as well as the NCAA covering legal fees. Interestingly, in an interview with the Dayton Daily News from two years ago, wife Stacy said that both football and Schretzman’s his last trip to Afghanistan could be at fault for his Lou Gehrig’s diagnosis.
The NCAA typically does not comment on ongoing legal matters but something says the association will be look at a wave of similar lawsuits in other states if Schretzman’s case moves forward.